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Chimps and Death

Two new studies suggest that chimpanzees face death in human-like ways, from holding deathbed vigils to comforting the dying.
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Two new studies suggest that chimpanzees face death in human-like ways, from holding deathbed vigils to comforting the dying. The studies indicate that their awareness of death is likely more developed than previously thought. As such, the researchers assert that “it might be more humane to allow elderly apes to die naturally in their familiar social setting than to attempt to separate them for treatment or euthanasia.”


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